“As a parent myself, I understand how difficult it can be to always be consistent and follow through, especially when you are in the moment. I see one of our most important roles as caregivers to help families through these “ struggles and find positive outcome for the entire family.”
Dr. Daneshvar received her Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology from Claremont Graduate University with a concentration in behavioral treatment of developmental disabilities. Dr. Daneshvar is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral. She has presented at numerous state and national conferences and authored articles for peer-reviewed journals in addition to co-authoring a chapter in Whalen’s Real Life, Real Progress for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2009). Prior to joining AST in 2006, Dr. Daneshvar worked at several organizations in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Daneshvar is an active member in the autism community, having previously served on the Autism Society of America’s San Diego Chapter as a member of the Board of Directors and Director of the Research Committee. In addition she has served as a Guest Grant Reviewer for Autism Speaks and a Guest Reviewer for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions (2014). Dr. Daneshvar has taught graduate level courses at California State University, Fullerton and currently teaches and supervises master’s students at San Diego State University. Dr. Daneshvar is a licensed psychologist in California (PSY #28358).
“I was introduced to ABA through Dr. Laura Schreibman’s at UCSD and was struck by how the science can impact the lives of individuals with autism. My passion is working with caregivers and staff to create standout programs that make a difference for children and families.”
Michele is a Clinical Director for AST in San Diego and Imperial County. She joined AST in 2001, and currently manages a team of Supervisors and Behavior Interventionists providing services throughout the region. Michele received a bachelor’s in criminal justice from the University of Illinois and a master’s in applied behavior analysis from California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock. A San Diego native, Michele is on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of America, San Diego Chapter where she chair’s the Camp Scholarship and Research Fund committees.
“I have had an extraordinary experience working in the field of ABA. I love my team and the amazing kids we get to work with every day."
Heather is AST’s Clinical Director for the San Diego area. She was introduced to the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There, she was a research assistant in one of the doctoral students labs, took courses in ABA, and had the opportunity to apply these concepts by working as a line therapist with children diagnosed with autism. After graduating, Heather moved to Southern California and completed her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis at the Chicago School-LA. Heather began her career with AST as a behavior interventionist in 2008 and held the positions of Advanced Behavior Interventionist, Supervising Behavior Interventionist, Program Manager/Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Manager, before becoming a Clinical Director.